Atlanta is the setting for popular TV shows such as “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and all of writer-producer Tyler Perry’s successful sitcoms, including “For Better Or Worse” and “House Of Payne.” The city is fast becoming known as a center of Black entertainment in the U.S.
Warrington Hudlin, president of the Black Filmmaker Foundation, said: “Atlanta is really becoming the Black Hollywood.”
In addition to Tyler Perry Studios, Rainforest Films is another Black-owned film company based in Atlanta.
Atlanta is the birthplace and home to some of the most successful Black musicians in the country. Among these are six of hip-hop’s highest paid artists in the world, according to Forbes magazine’s 2013 annual “Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists” list. They are as follows – Kanye West, Ludacris, Lil Jon, Young Jeezy, Akon and 2 Chainz. Only New York City had higher representation on the list.
The New York Times noted that after 2000, Atlanta moved “from the margins to becoming hip-hop’s center of gravity, part of a larger shift of hip-hop’s innovation to the South.”